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Regional Small Grants

The Children’s Foundation Regional Small Grants programme supports community projects that benefit children and young people in the North East area, in line with our aims and objectives. Grants awarded are up to a maximum of £1,000.

Since the Regional Small Grants panel was established, over £292,000 has been awarded to 351 community projects that have directly benefitted over 54,000 children and young people across the whole region from Berwick to Teesside. Grants are allocated in line with The Children’s Foundation values; to alleviate the negative impact of distress, disadvantage and disability.

Our recent award winners:

Cerebral Palsy Sport- Race Running Programme  who were awarded £770 to deliver the project including hiring specialist coaches, Venue Hire and transport as well as medals, certificates and refreshments

Cowpen Quay Community Association – Buffalo Youth Projects who were awarded £1000 for materials for arts and crafts sessions around healthy eating, education, keeping fit, drug and alcohol awareness, cooking and bullying to name a few.

Daisy Chain project- Higher needs activity Sundays  were awarded £1000 to deliver activity days for those with higher needs Autism who cannot cope on regular activity days.

Centre- West ( Hat- Trick) Walker park just play – who were awarded £942 towards the cost of delivery for 20 weekly sports sessions aimed at children and young people from one of the most deprived wards in the region. It is hoped they can engage with hard to reach young people and provide a postive outlet to keep them active.

Willow House Hospice – who were awarded £520 for Memory boxes and story books to offer support to children whose loved one has either passed away or is suffering from terminal illness.


Some quotes from our grant Recipients

 “We are delighted with our grant of £520 from the Children’s Foundation. It will allow us to purchase the materials we desperately need in order to help children through the most difficult of times. The loss of a parent, sibling, or grandparent can make a child  feel lost in a strange and frightening world. Arts and play is so important, because children experience and express grief differently from adults. This will help them to make sense of the their world, and we are very grateful for the support of the Foundation.”

Max Gillespie, head of family support services at Willow Burn Hospice

“Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to be supported by the Children’s Foundation’s Regional Small Grants programme which will enable us to deliver our RaceRunning project in the North East and to support many more children and young people with cerebral palsy to discover the joys of sport. RaceRunning has been developed for children and young people who cannot functionally run and rely on support aids for mobility and balance and who may have severe physical impairments. This funding will ensure that children with physical disabilities can play, participate and enjoy sport.”

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive – Cerebral Palsy Sport.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you….we are delighted that we’ve been chosen for a Children’s Foundation Grant” – Sylvia Ross, Marton Community Centre

“Our work with South Tyneside’s Looked After Children is extremely important and only possible thanks to the generosity The Children’s Foundation and other funders. Our creative project will allow children to make their own artworks inspired by The Customs House riverside setting working alongside a professional artist.  Projects like this makes such a positive difference to children’s lives; developing their sense of self-confidence and knowledge they can succeed.”-  You can see an article about the project by visiting The Customs house  Elizabeth Kane, Learning Officer at The Customs House

“It was wonderful news to find out we had received funding from the Children’s Foundation to support families affected by autism across the North East. The funding will enable us to create a toolkit for our family workshops and support groups to allow families to explore the resources which may be useful for their children, see the benefits of these and how to use them. It will also purchase specialist toys and activities for our early year’s toddler groups allowing children to develop key skills, overcome challenges and improve their life chances. Thank you so much for your support.”Lindsay Peach, North East Autism Society

Apply for a Regional Small Grant

This round of Regional Small Grants has now closed please keep checking our website for updates as to when the next round opens. Alternatively you can sign up to our newsletter which will have the most up to date information. Please do not send in any applications until the round is open as these will not be accepted.

For an application pack or more information email: samantha.curtis@nuth.nhs.uk please copy in Christine.jesson@nuth.nhs.uk on all correspondence regarding  Regional Small Grants


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